Christiansen backs much-criticised Leeds star after shocker v QPR
Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has heaped praise on goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald despite his mistake in the 3-1 Championship victory at QPR.
Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick to give Leeds a comfortable victory at Loftus Road, but Wiedwald made a horrendous error to allow Pawel Wszolek’s cross to bounce over him and into the net, giving QPR a late goal.
The German has been much-criticised for his performances this season and was dropped from the side earlier in the campaign.
When asked what he said to the goalkeeper after the full time whistle, Christiansen said: “Congratulations! What should I say? Thanks for saving two or three opportunities. Okay he made a mistake but it didn’t cost us the three points,” as quoted be the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Christiansen has been swapping between Wiedwald and former Wolves keeper Andy Longergan this season, but both have made big errors that have cost the side goals.
Former England goalkeeper Robert Green was Leeds’ first-choice last season, but his contract was mutually terminated in the summer.
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Wiedwald joined Leeds in the summer from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on a three-year contract. He made a fine start to his career at Elland Road, keeping six clean sheets in his first seven Championship matches.
However, he was dropped from the side after the 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, opening the door for Longergan.
He was recalled to the side for the 2-0 win at Barnsley and has started the two league matches since. He is still expected to start Leeds next Championship game against Norwich City on Saturday.
In other Leeds United news, here are the player ratings from the Championship clash at Loftus Road.